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Billings lawmaker's 'warning' to renters sparks controversy - Rep. Dave Hagstrom says they don't need "to live as long as they currently do, or as 'comfortably' as they currently do."

April 12, 2013View for printing

A South Billings landlord and state legislator is warning low-income renters to accept that they don't need "to live as long as they currently do, or as 'comfortably' as they currently do."

In an April 1 letter to his low-income tenants, Republican Rep. Dave Hagstrom http://www.leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/6 ... AWSID=15251 warned that as a result of living beyond its means, America was due for sharp reductions in government spending that could affect everything from health care and social security to hot lunch. Many of the programs cited are used by Hagstrom's tenants, who he said were, like all Americans, "living in a bit of a fairytale lifestyle."

By Tom Lutey

Full Story: http://billingsgazette.com/news/stat ... ce2754.html
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